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Avoiding Unnecessary C-Sections

Consumer Reports’ latest study finds that the number of cesarean deliveries remains very high in the U.S., despite the desire of many women to have a nonsurgical birth.

Women who have C-sections can find that it takes longer to recover and that it’s more likely that any children that follow will also be delivered by C-section.

Consumer Reports looked into why so many women with low-risk first pregnancies end up having C-sections. Its Health Rating Center analyzed hospital data from across the country and found that the likelihood of having a C-section often comes down to the hospital where a woman delivers.

The report includes a section titled, Having a Baby in California, where Consumer Reports rates hospitals on C-sections, infections, breastfeeding and more.